I am using ESS 3.0.672.0 with the latest virus definitions and everything of course. I normally use Policy-based mode since I like blocking everything from the internet except for what I allow. Makes sense, right? Well, I created rules for a few game related applications (Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar Social Club, etc). Obviously, in the rules, I set all the applications involved to Allow, the direction is set to Both and the Protocol is TCP & UDP. Yet the applications still cannot connect? Also, before this, there was a brief few hour period where even basic applications that have always worked (Mozilla Firefox) were unable to connect while the firewall was enabled. The rules were untouched, the firewall worked fine and acknowledged my rules yesterday, then today it just randomly wouldn't let apps connect and the only way I could use Firefox or AIM was to disable the firewall completely. As of 30 minutes ago or so, they started working again while the firewall was enabled... I didn't change the rules or any settings... What on earth is going on? I appreciate any help!